Eight BILLION Metric Tons Since 1950

THAT’S HOW MUCH virgin plastic has been manufactured in just 70 years, worldwide.

That’s as heavy as 25,000 Empire State Buildings or a billion elephants, according to the BBC.


That’s just really a staggering amount,” lead author Roland Geyer, an industrial ecologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, told NPR. If you spread all that plastic out ankle-deep, “it [could] cover an area the size of Argentina, which is the eighth-largest country in the world,” he said.

In addition, only approximately 9% of all that plastic has been recycled. Twelve percent has been incinerated and the rest has ended up in landfills or polluted our oceans and other natural environments.

Source: Scientists Have Figured Out How Much Plastic We’ve Made Since 1950. It’s Not Pretty. | HuffPost

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